North Toronto Cat Rescue Set For Demolition And NEEDS YOUR HELP!
North Toronto Cat Rescue (NTCR) needs the help of the cat lovers community! NTCR is a no kill, non-profit cat shelter whose space is due for demolition in LESS THAN 6 MONTHS. They house over 200 cats and run purely on volunteer power. They need help to find a new space for the shelter so that these cats can continue to rehabilitate and have a loving home until they find their "fur-ever" family. Read on for the story and how you can make a difference.
North Toronto Cat Rescue was founded by Donna Cox, and she's been running the program for 28 years(!) now. She started it to get stray cats out of a local gulley and into the safety of a shelter. When she first started feeding and caring for the stray cats, she poured $26K of her own money into their care and upkeep - the program has since grown tremendously, and houses and feeds a number of cats until a suitable adoptive home is found for them. So far to date, they've helped over 2,400 cats in the Greater Toronto Area.
Here's one of the before & after pictures of "Jeeves." When he came to the shelter his fur was matted and he was suffering badly from frostbite. Because of the shelter's care and rehabilitation, he regained his health (see that luscious fur on the "after" picture!) and was adopted out to a forever home:
The property owners have scheduled demolition of the shelter in their plans for new real estate development. This is an ongoing plight for street cats in general (in fact, our local Greenpoint, Brooklyn feral cat colony recently made it into the NY Times because of condo construction rendering their colony home almost uninhabitable). Their time is running out so please check out their GoFundMe page - it's not too late and every little bit helps!
NTCR is notable for a number of reasons including:
- They are a no kill shelter and currently house over 200 cats!
- They have a "no cage" policy which means the cats get to roam and play freely, learning how to socialize with each other and livin' it up until they find a forever home. They even have "catios" that attach to the shelter that they can wander into if they so please
- The shelter works with local schools, and the children can come learn how to socialize and care for the animals
- They are 100% volunteer run and operates solely on donations (no government support or otherwise)
We cannot stress enough how much of a badass Donna Cox is - watch the video for some heartstring tugging and learn more about the beginnings of the NTCR.
Image Credits: NorthTorontoCatRescue.com